Navajo Rug Weaver

Iteration

 

Navajo rug designs are often visualized early in the process of weaving. By creating basic shapes and repeating them throughout the rug, a process called iteration, a consistent pattern can be formed. A lot of times, these iterative patterns display reflection symmetry and four-fold symmetry. Elements of asymmetry are sometimes present in Navajo rugs as well, but that is always done on purpose.

Looking at the rug designs below, how many instances of symmetry do you see?